While many of us are looking at Oculus R and Sony’s Project Morpheus for a breakthrough with Virtual Reality, Microsoft makes a sudden, silent yet intriguing entry with HoloLens, which is holographic glass and lets you offer mixed reality. With it, we usher into a new era of Holographic Computing. It is untethered, which means it does not have any cord or wire to meddle with your work. It is lightweight and can be adjusted to the user’s head size easily. Earlier, HoloLens was rumored to be a Virtual Reality device but surprisingly, it is not. It mixes and projects the virtual images with the real-life scenario.
One of the most ambitious projects by Microsoft, it is touted as the first-ever untethered holographic device. Though, you still need to attach it to computer. This head-mounted wearable is still a prototype and was codenamed as Project Baraboo or ‘B’. Headed by Alex Kipman, the team is working on it from about seven years and now, by the looks of it, they have every reason to believe that their research and efforts are in right direction. It is to be noted that his first pitch for HoloLens was translated into Kinect, which went on to become the fastest-selling gaming device.
With this dedicated HPU or Holographic Processing Unit, hologram can become the real-life tool. Imagine talking over Skype and being able to highlight the presentation’s specific point or chart to other person in the same ambience you are seeing. Telling your wife to do plumbing from the computer screen or getting a contract worth millions, whatever it is, it opens up new possibilities. Customized help and information from miles has a chance to become a reality, thanks to it.
Bigger than Google Glass and beautiful than Oculus Rift, it gives you realistic holograms by tricking your brain into believing that light is a matter. The holograms created by HoloLens utilize hundreds of light particles, which are then captured by the light-engine of the device. The see-through lenses are the next stop of these particles. The light is then received by colorful layers of glasses to be received by eyes and when eyes receive the light at a certain angle; you get a hologram vision out of HoloLens.
Microsoft HoloLens does not come up with a physical keyboard or mouse. You use voice and gesture-based commands to pin high-definition holograms from real life. You can interact with them too.
The sensors and spatial sound run on Holographic Processing Unit. Along with this processor, the device is powered by GPU and CPU. By using a new program, Holo Studio, you can create the 3D prints of your own holograms.
Price and Release of Microsoft HoloLens
The device is rough. We mean wires-out kind of rough. Controlled by voice and gesture, it needs to get all the controls to be finally available as commercial version. The interface is new and it needs to be accurate too. So, do not expect it to be out anytime soon and if it does, it will be available for creators and developers. Rumors are pointing towards a release around Windows 10 but it goes without saying that the head-mount wearable would have to make the perfect start or else customers would write it off without a second thought.